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Shark Tank’s Steve Baxter is judging and supporting the local event
Shark Tank’s Steve Baxter is judging and supporting the local event
 

A shark from popular entrepreneurial show Shark Tank is coming to Toowoomba this weekend.

Steve Baxter, one of Australia’s most successful tech entrepreneurs is judging Startup Weekend Education, alongside local entrepreneur Chris Mills.

Organiser and Startup Toowoomba founder David Masefield is excited about the growth opportunities of the event, “we are running an education themed Startup Weekend this time round which will teach entrepreneurship and create new opportunities and technology in education and learning”.

“Building on the success of last year’s event, we are extremely lucky to be supported in the weekend by the likes of Steve, Chris and The Glennie School who have come on board early after seeing the potential for the weekend”.

The three day event kicks off on Friday night, 15th May at The Glennie School with dinner and pitches. A dual stream event, the Startup Weekend will operate with a Youth track, for budding entrepreneurs aged 18 and under, and an Education track, for education-related concepts.

The Glennie school leaders pose with Startup Toowoomba after hacking out their pitch ideas for Startup Weekend Education
The Glennie School leaders pose with Startup Toowoomba after hacking out their pitch ideas for Startup Weekend Education

“It gives participants the chance to pitch ideas that they think will make a difference and hack them out over the weekend long competition”, said co-founder Leanne Griffin.

“We are seeing change all over the world with young people really driving exciting new ventures. We have the same hopes for this Startup Weekend, a chance to improve education and change learning”, Ms Griffin said.

Based on Silicon Valley style learning, the lean startup style approach is a global initiative that is used by the world’s leading companies and entrepreneurs.

“This really is a fantastic opportunity for Toowoomba, especially with Steve and Chris alongside. As one of the five sharks on Shark Tank, and a very experienced entrepreneur and investor, Steve knows what it takes”, said Mr Masefield.

 Tickets for the event are still available from www.startuptoowoomba.com.au.

Leanne Griffin